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  1. Thank you so much for taking time to answer to my concerns. Your reply is detailed and of great help. It is pretty spot on as well. Some Universities would not let PhD holders apply for a second PhD. Some others, though, would, provided that a clear SOP and an explanation of why the candidate would benefit from another degree would be provided. I am particularly interested in switching from qualitative to quantitative methods, take courses on international affairs and work with leading experts of the field. Otherwise, there would be no point in getting into a pol sci program. I
  2. I was wondering if it would be feasible to and would worth doing a MIA (Master of International Affairs) after a PhD in Contemporary History. A year ago I asked advice about a second PhD in Pol Sci (Chinese FP). Since then I have made some progress studying the language (now studying B1-HSK3 level) and I plan to take two Algebra and Stats online courses at an Extension school. As a second PhD is still part of my plan, given the difficulty of being admitted at a top program and being employed by a Uni after several years of studying I would like to have some advice on doing a MIA, at Co
  3. Hi politolog, thanks for your answer! Yes, I intend to do language training in my country and seek for funding for some training in China. Do you think that this would make any difference? Thanks again!
  4. Hi and thanks so much for your advice! It's not that I don't like history, I love it. It's that I want to study IR and get employed in foreign policy or academia. I want to engage with contemporary topics. Is Harvard on the same tier as U Penn? What would you think of Cornell? Thanks again!
  5. Thanks for your time and for answering my question- I really appreciate it! Could you please explain what is 4-4's job? Teaching and research is my professional goal, so that's why I am seeking a high status program. I need to keep my chances realistic though and find a nice place to live as well, as I would spend the fourth decade of my life over there. Would you suggest any specific programs? Regarding quantitative skills, they are essential in IR from what I've understood so far. Would you recommend anything I could do to get some in order to increase the chances of admission?
  6. ICPSR seems really interesting but unfortunately I now live in Europe. Would a certificate from Harvard Extension School be a proof of quantitative skills background? Thanks so much for taking the time to add info- I appreciate it!
  7. Once more, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and write such a detailed answer- it helps me organize my thoughts and set realistic goals. Starting from the allegory, it's a great one and it's a situation I worry about myself. But having devoted my whole adult life in studies and research and given the fact that I want to become a researcher in academia, I have to get into a good program that will at least provide some opportunity for decent employment. I know that the job market is terrible at the time, but it is the only reality for people like me in humanities. You'r
  8. Thanks for your insight! My studies are narrowed down to the history of a small region and offer me almost none employability. My university doesn't have any exceptional status either. When I spent time at Columbia O was excited with IR theory and political science in general. These things are not something I can do myself. I need to get quantitative skills and dive into game theory and get the opportunity to work in a productive environment. I am not rich, so I will also need funding.
  9. Thank you again so much! I wish you all the best with your applications!!
  10. Hello all, I need some advice. I am doing a PhD in Cold War History and after finishing my dissertation I intend to seek a second PhD in IR in the United States. My age is under 30 and my background is the following: -BA at a University in Southern Europe. -MA in Contemporary History at the same University (grade is 10/10). -PhD Candidate in Contemporary History at the same University. Archival research in many archives in the US, UK, Brussels and elsewhere. Visiting Researcher with full funding at top UK University. Fulbright Visiting Researcher, sponsored by a top
  11. Wow, thank you so much for that! I really appreciate both your time and your kindness to share this information! I was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia under a Fulbright and I had some conversations with faculty members. One of them insisted that QS would be crucial in the admissions process even if I were applying for Political Theory. Despite the fact that he may exaggerated a bit, almost all- or the great majority of- the PhD Candidates in IR have some solid background in QS. That's why I am concerned. I took a look at the website of the University of Michigan and they seem to seek
  12. Hello all! I am PhD Candidate in History and I recently spent a year as a visiting scholar at an Ivy League under a Fulbright. That gave me the idea to apply for a second PhD in IR in the US. I have been in contact with Brown, UPenn and some other Universities, which stated that I would be eligible to apply for a PhD. The main problem is that I have zero quantitative skills, since my background is in humanities. Is there anything I can do for that? Auditing courses in statistics/ game theory in my home country would not be something that can be displayed officially. How important is a bac
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